Gay Israeli TV star recounts ‘horrifying experience’ at Baltimore’s Goucher College
Assi Azar surrounded by students at Goucher College, Baltimore, November 5, 2015.
On November 5, Israeli television personality Assi Azar took to the stage at Goucher College in Baltimore for a screening and discussion of his film, “Mom and Dad, I Have Something To Tell You,” about Israeli parents’ dealing with their children’s coming out of the closet.
Azar, a noted LGBTQ activist, told The Times of Israel this week that he had been looking forward to an engaging and productive dialogue with the 70 students who had shown up at the Hillel-sponsored event. But when he noticed that 15 of them had pink duct tape over their mouths, he had a feeling things might get ugly.
As he feared, the event turned out to be highly upsetting for both Azar and many of the students. It was “one of the most horrifying experiences I have ever faced,” Azar wrote on his Facebook page.
According to Azar, when the film was over, the 15 students — apparently from the campus LGBTQ organization — removed the tape and stood up. They chanted anti-Israel slogans and waved signs with various anti-Israel messages, including some accusing Israel of mistreating Palestinian gays.